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AAA Baltic Service Company - law firm became a solely representative for Lithuania in European law Firm (ELF). ELF unifies 27 law firms acting in different countries across whole Europe: France, Germany, United Kingdom, Baltic states, Scandinavia, Switzerland. Luxembourg, Italy, Spain, Belgium and other, one in each country. The general meeting of ELF members voted unanimously in favour of accepting AAA Baltic Service Company as the newest member, completing representation across the Baltic States.
Erica Johansson has joined Delphi as partner in the Banking and Finance Group. Erica Johansson previously worked at Mayer Brown International LLP in London and has also worked at Allen & Overy LLP in London for several years.
Advokatfirman Delphi assisted Linköpings Stadshus AB in an issue of commercial papers of no more than SEK 2 billion with Nordea Bank as arranger.
Peter Utterström was elected chairman of the World Services Group (WSG) on 7 September. He will continue the work of 2009-2010 years' chairman Alberto Lasheras Shine to establish the World Services Group as one of the leading global networks for professional service providers within legal services, accounting, investment banking and finance.
Delphi assisted the Swedish based company Lindgens Metal Decorating Coatings & Inks when AkzoNobel acquired worldwide assets in several countries, including a majority stake in the joint venture company Server Boya in Turkey.
Delphi assisted Sydsvensk Entreprenörfond and others in connection with an investment in the medical device company Metpro Ronneby AB during the summer.
The Law Society is taking legal action against the Legal Services Commission (LSC) over the outcome of the family legal aid tender round, which will see the number of firms assigned to family law work reduced from 2,400 to 1,300.
Bindmans LLP has climbed five places in the league tables published this week in The Lawyer UK 200 Annual Report 2010. This year we are ranked at 188th, based on the annual turnover of UK law firms, compared with 193rd position 12 months ago.
Another great year of reviews from the Legal 500
Stephen Grosz, Saadia Khan and Clare Jennings of Bindmans LLP represented the Law Society in its successful High Court challenge to the Legal Services Commission’s family legal aid tender process.
Seven new recruits have been welcomed into Gibraltar’s leading law firm, Hassans,underpinning its continued growth in spite of the difficult economic situation worldwide. Threetrainee solicitors, Harriet Rhoda, Piers Barber and David Borge and four barristers, AlbertAgius, Stephen Noguera, Matthew Torres and Joelle Wahnon will work in variousdepartments, including property, litigation, tax, and commercial.
The Swiss law firm Bär & Karrer strengthens its tax department by recruiting three (highly) qualified tax specialists.
UK private equity house, Inflexion Private Equity LLP, has announced the closing of its new 2010 Buyout Fund which has raised a total of £375m.
On 4 October 2010, Orascom Development Holding AG (“Orascom”), a leading developer of fully integrated towns, completed a CHF 185 million capital increase by way of a rights offering to its shareholders and holders of Egyptian Depositary Receipts. The net proceeds of the offering will be used to fund Orascom’s devel-opment projects and for general corporate purposes. The syndicate of banks comprised Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank and UBS Investment Bank acting as Joint Lead Managers and Joint Bookrunners.
On 4 October 2010, Orascom Development Holding AG (“Orascom”), a leading developer of fully integrated towns, completed a CHF 185 million capital increase by way of a rights offering to its shareholders and holders of Egyptian Depositary Receipts.
On September 20, 2010, RWE AG for the first time issued a euro hybrid bond with a total volume of € 1.75 billion. This is the biggest ever euro hybrid bond issued by an industrial corporation in Europe.
Hengeler Mueller is advising the underwriters led by COMMERZBANK Aktiengesellschaft and Deutsche Bank AG on the capital increase of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG in the amount of € 420 m.
On September 16, 2010 the Spanish construction and services entity, ACS Actividades de Constucción y Servicios S.A., announced a takeover offer for the entire issued share capital of HOCHTIEF Aktiengesellschaft.
Carey Olsen is the market leader for legal services to Guernsey’s funds industry, according to Thomson Reuters’ Lipper statistics report.
Ţuca Zbârcea & Asociaţii was chosen as the law firm of the year during the ceremony organized by the prestigious British publication: The Lawyer.
Ţuca Zbârcea & Asociaţii announced that it signed a cooperation agreement with Ţurcan & Ţurcan – leader of the business law market in Chişinău (Republic of Moldova).
1. In Chee Yoh Chuang and Another (as Liquidators of Progen Engineering Pte Ltd (In Liquidation)) v Progen Holdings Ltd  SGCA 31("Progen"), the Court of Appeal reiterated that when a company is insolvent or is facing financial difficulties, its directors have a fiduciary duty to take into account the interests of the company's creditors when making decisions for the company. This fiduciary duty requires directors to ensure that the company's assets are not dissipated or exploited for their own benefit to the prejudice of creditors' interests.
Stamford Law Corporation’s Director Yap Wai Ming was quoted in the Business Times on the casino ban implemented by Second Chance Properties (“Second Chance”). The ‘Casino Exclusion’ ruling on its executive directors and key personnel by Second Chance have impressed some of the market watchers who deem the move as good corporate governance practice. Other companies think otherwise.
NIEDERER KRAFT & FREY WINS SWISS CAPITAL MARKETS AND CORPORATE LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR AWARD
31 August 2010: Niederer Kraft & Frey has advised SIX listed Implenia on the purchase of a real estate portfolio and development unit of SIX listed Sulzer group.
NKF ADVISES ADVENT CONTROLLED TRAVEL RETAIL INVESTMENT S.C.A. IN PRIVATE PLACEMENT OF 2.9 MILLION SHARES OF SIX LISTED DUFRY
Bär & Karrer won the award "Swiss Law Firm of the Year" in The Lawyer's annual European Awards ceremony. Held in Berlin, the event saw the top firms from each of Europe's main markets rewarded for their excellence over the last 12 months.
The Hong Kong office recently acted as BVI advisers to a consortium consisting of Zijin Mining Group Co., Ltd (“Zijin”) and China-Africa Development Fund (“CADFund”) in connection with a US$284 million acquisition of Platmin Congo Limited, a BVI company undertaking copper mining activities in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Ogier (Chris Byrne and Peter Longstaffe) acted as Jersey legal advisers to WestLB (as Sole Co-ordinator and Joint Arranger) in relation to the issuance by A.R.T.S Ltd (a Jersey SPV administered by Deutsche Bank Jersey) of a number of tranches of floating rate notes in an aggregate amount of just under US$865,000,000 pursuant to the A.R.T.S US$5billion note issuance programme.
Ogier Guernsey has recently acted as lead counsel in the establishment of World Shariah Funds PCC Limited ("WSF") as a class B collective investment scheme in Guernsey. WSF is a shariah-compliant investment fund which also complies with the requirements of the UCITS directive. WSF is one of only a handful of shariah-compliant funds established in Guernsey and the first for Ogier Guernsey.
Relying on the corporate experience and the excellent reputation of “Eurolex Bulgaria” ltd., especially in the area of privatization, “Carlsberg Bulgaria” chose the company for a consultant on the procedure for privatization of the municipal shares in the capital of “Hliab I Hlebni Izdelia” ltd., owned by municipality Blagoevgrad.
It is our pleasure to announce that Ms Elina Lambrou joined our firm in September 2010. She will be a Senior Associate in the Corporate Department. Ms Lambrou is a graduate of the University of East Anglia and a member of the Cyprus Bar Association.
27.09.2010 - AstapovLawyers joined a working team to handle establishing a self-regulating organization (SRO) by the Russian Grain Union. The organization will be empowered to set, control the compliance with, and impose sanctions for the violations of, obligatory rules for Russia’s agricultural market.
Wiersholm advises Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. ("KKR") in their acquisition of a 76.9% ownership in Visma Holding ("Visma")
AVELLUM PARTNERS ADVISES TOP LEADER BANK IN UKRAINE ON FIRST POST-CRISIS PRIVATE UKRAINIAN BANK EUROBOND TRANSACTION
Law firm AKD has appointed Mr L. (Luc) Defaix as a partner with effect from 1 September 2010. Before this date, he worked at management investment company Penguin Ventures, and will now be joining our Corporate Law practice group in Eindhoven.
Law firm and notarial services provider AKD has appointed Klaas Meersma as a partner effective from 16 September 2010. Klaas, who joins from Houthoff Buruma will be part of the firm’s Government & Enterprise section in Amsterdam.
MAQS LAW FIRM in Estonia is the training partner of PÖFF (TALLINN BLACK NIGHTS FILM FESTIVAL) and its BLÄCK MARKET programme for the film industry.
As from 1 January 2011 the official currency in Estonia will be the Euro.
Chiomenti has been named "Italian Law Firm of the Year" at The Lawyer European Awards, held in Berlin on September 23, 2010.
Wiersholm is pleased to announce that Harald Hellebust has been accepted as partner in Wiersholm with effect from 15 August. Harald will contribute to further strengthen Wiersholm in the fields of company law, contract law and transactions.
Wiersholm has had a leading legal role in many of the largest stock exchange listings and share issues in Norway in recent years, and we have a considerable market share in this area.
Singapore - WongPartnership has made significant strides since its establishment in 1992, and is still gathering momentum as it continues to strengthen its leadership position and expand into the region.
Brussels, 23 September 2010 - Sven Demeulemeester has been appointed a new Partner at ALTIUS. This appointment not only strengthens the firm’s Employment Law practice but offers ALTIUS clients a specific expertise in Sports Law.
Volodymyr Yakubovskyy was appointed as coordinator of AstapovLawyers' energy practice. Mr. Yakubovskyy holds a master degree summa cum laude in International Law from Ivan Franko National University of Lviv, Ukraine, LL.M. degree in International Business Practice from School of Law, Boston University, USA, and LL.M. degree in Corporate and Commercial Law from University of Cambridge, UK.
AstapovLawyers International Law Group announces the launch of the cooperation agreement with Avelan, a Russian-based law firm that specializes in real estate and construction law.
On September 15, 2010, Ivan Lishchyna, a Senior Associate of the AstapovLawyers' International Arbitration and Litigation Practice, conducted training for the Crimea-based judges as a part of the International Standards of Judicial Practice seminar organized by the Kharkiv Human Rights Group under the auspices of the European Commission and Democracy Fund of the US Embassy.
On 21 September 2010 Cimtas Celik Imalat Montaj ve Tesisat A.S. together with its parent company Enka Insaat ve Sanayi A.S. acquired 100% of Soli Gemi İnsa Sanayi ve Ticaret A.S. which is located in the Kocaeli (Izmit) free trade zone and is one of the biggest shipyards in Turkey.
Lubis Ganie Surowidjojo (LGS) has appointed Mr. Harjon Sinaga and Ms. Arisia Arundati Pusponegoro as Partners of the Firm in January and July 2009, respectively. The two partners have been included alongside the firm's four partners to lead the firm's over ninety lawyers.